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How to Make a Veggie Burger

Vegetarians go for plant-based food options, of course. But for some people who think that vegetarian meals are not enjoyable at all, well this veggie burger recipe can prove you wrong.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups sprouted garbanzo beans (chickpeas) OR
    canned garbanzos, drained and rinsed
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • Grated zest of one large lemon
  • 1 cup micro sprouts, chopped (try broccoli, onion, or alfalfa sprouts – optional)
  • 1 cup toasted (whole-grain) bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (or clarified butter)

Instructions:

  1. Steam sprouted garbanzos until tender for about ten minutes (ff you are using one). – For those using canned beans, combine these with eggs and salt in a food processor.
  2. Puree the mixture until you get a very thick, slightly hummus product.
  3. Pour the mixture into a mixing bowl and add in the cilantro, onion, zest, and sprouts. Stir in the breadcrumbs and let it sit for a few minutes to allow the crumbs to absorb the mixture.
  4. Moist the mixture with a little water to form them easily into one and a half inch patties.
  5. Heat oil in a skillet over medium fire. Add four patties, cover, and cook until the bottoms begin to brown.
  6. Turn the patties to the other side and cook until golden brown. Remove the patties from skillet and drain the excess oil.
  7. Cut each patty in half. Insert your favorite vegetarian filling and serve
  8. immediately. This makes 12 mini burgers.

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